Staghorn ferns probably are the most unique and eye catching fern, making it a fantastic centerpiece anywhere they are placed.
Native to Australia, staghorn ferns are epiphytic plants, like air plants, and grow on other plants or trees in their natural habitat. They absorb most water and nutrients through their leaves, which are called fronds.
There are two types of fronds and each has its unique purpose: the shield fronds surround the base of the plant to protect its roots and also take up water and nutrients. These fond start out green and eventually turn brown and dry up. The antler fronds are the bigger leaves that resemble antlers of a deer or moose, and this resemblance helped name the plant.
Lighting: native to the tropics, it likes bright, indirect sunlight.
Watering: as the fronds are the main way of collecting water and nutrients, misting and/or soaking the plant is the best way to keep it alive.
Temperature: warm room temperature. Staghorn ferns also love humidity, misting or using a humidifier will help them thrive.
Best spot: choose a place where they get indirect sunlight. Bathroom or kitchen may be good due to the usual higher humidity level.
Pet Friendly? Yes,
Child Friendly? Yes.
PRO TIP: do not worry if the shield fronds turn brown and dry up, this is a natural part of its life cycle.